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You don't need to be a monster to enjoy such an experience. Sometimes not fitting in is enough.

Alas, she might have made a mistake when she moved in there, she should have told her neighbors that she is an FM operative. And a monster.

10th Mar 2019, 7:43 PM

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> You don't need to be a monster to enjoy such an experience. Sometimes not fitting in is enough.

You could do away with the whole Monster concept and a lot of this story might play out the same way.

> Alas, she might have made a mistake when she moved in there, she should have told her neighbors that she is an FM operative. And a monster.

I don’t think she’s obligated to tell her neighbours anything about her work. Sure, her profession is dangerous, but that’s not what brought the police there. Plenty of people have dangerous professions (law enforcement, military, etc.) and don’t share that information.

Now, whether or not she has to disclose that she’s a Monster is a more interesting question. She certainly did so to her landlord, either voluntarily or not.

But does that mean she has to tell everyone she’s a Monster?

For dangerous Monsters that can’t control their abilities maybe there’s a question of safety (depends on the circumstances). That said, we haven’t seen anything to suggest that Shield’s abilities make her a danger.

We’ll just have to see what happens. ;)

12th Mar 2019, 8:59 PM

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> I don’t think she’s obligated to tell her neighbours anything about her work. Sure, her profession is dangerous, but that’s not what brought the police there.

Of course not. And what brought the police here was a false accusation in the first place but in a world where supers are called Monsters it would play to your benefit to convince your neighbors that the word has nothing to do with being human: Had she done that, her neighbors and the landlord* would not have jumped to the other side of the fence when they heard the M-word, they would have been like "Yeah she is. We know.", totally blighting the negative connotation of the M-word. But of course, you the comic-creator could not have made a plot device out of it ;-)
(On the other hand, in a world where supers are called Monsters it would have been s mart move from here side. A little preparation, just in case she would have "found out".)

There was one episode of X-Files where a clearly deformed man was accused to abduct kids or something alike by a mob of neighbors and he said, calmly: "I want to explain myself." While watching it I thought about what I would have done. It's the best move one can do: Show them that you are more human than they are. The monstrous guy in the X-Files episode could do that because he was also physically big and somewhat intimidating by the looks and could have put up a fight. It wouldn't have worked if he had been a helpless monster.

*: I missed that she disclosed her Monster-status to the landlord. But it doesn't make a big difference (except that the guy is a bigger asshole than I initially thought): If the neighbors knew and would have wanted her to be around because she was a nice enough person, the landlord would have had the neighbors against him about kicking her out.

(Edit: Removed 3 typos and inserted an omitted word.)

13th Mar 2019, 5:07 AM

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Something I plan to get to soon is defining the term “Monster.” I want do it organically within the story, so these first few issues have opted just to show that Monsters can be otherworldly and/or have amazing abilities.

A more formal description is coming.

> in a world where supers are called Monsters it would play to you benefit to convince your neighbors that the word has nothing to do with being human

That’s a good point.

I say it depends on the neighbours, and also on our protagonist. I don’t think Shield’s the kind of person to try to build trust with the neighbours just in case something goes wrong. We just previously saw that she has a bit of an independent streak, and is more likely to try to confront the system than work within it.

Not everyone is going to hate Monsters, so there’s potentially other characters the upfront-I’m-a-Monster strategy might work better with.

There’s also the consideration that passing as human might just be the easier thing to do. (If you can. Clearly we’ve seen that some Monsters cannot.)

> But of course, you the comic-creator could not have made a plot device out of it ;-)

It’s a good idea for a reversal of expectations though.

> There was one episode of X-Files

Is this the episode you’re thinking of: Post-Modern Prometheus

> I missed that she disclosed her Monster-status to the landlord. But it doesn't make a big difference (except that the guy is a bigger asshole than I initially thought)

It may be that she didn’t have a choice here (or that this guy just does really thorough background checks ;) ).

16th Mar 2019, 6:12 PM

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*nod* again.

> Is this the episode you’re thinking of: Post-Modern Prometheus

Yes! "The Great Mutato", that's it. I saw it in German synchronization and couldn't know that the name had been kept. Cool that you found it, I didn't know what to look for. :) And dignity, that's the word, indeed.

Now I'm very curious how this will work out for different Monster-characters.

16th Mar 2019, 10:52 PM

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Man, I feel bad for Danielle. Bunch of bullsh*t!

16th Mar 2019, 11:31 PM

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